Physiotherapy fulfils a vital role in the health care system. Physiotherapists are regulated health professionals that provide a unique combination of hands-on manual therapy, exercise prescription, education, and electrotherapy to help you recover from injury, illness and disability. Each physiotherapist is university educated and has extensive knowledge in assessing, diagnosing and treating your condition. Our aim is to help you restore independent physical function, decrease pain, enhance movement patterns and elevate you in your hobbies, work and athletic performance.
Our therapists can provide you with hands-on manual therapy techniques that aim to manipulate and mobilize your soft tissue (ie. muscles, ligaments, tendons, fascia etc), improve joint mobility, develop efficient movement patterns and decrease pain. Common manual therapy techniques include: deep tissue release, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, friction scar/adhesion release, joint mobilizations and on occasion joint manipulations.
Along with our manual therapy techniques, our goal as therapists is to empower you to take care of your own health. Exercises are one of the best ways to do so. By providing you with comprehensive instructions on proper biomechanics, a personalized exercise program can be developed to help you regain optimal physical function. Whether you are immobile or unstable, our therapists can assess your needs and provide you with strengthening and mobility exercises to rehabilitate and prevent injury or disability.
Electrical modalities can also be provided in your physiotherapy session. At LifeSpring we can provide Ultrasound, Laser, Transcutaneous Electrical Stimulation (TENS), Interferential Current (IFC), and Neuromuscular Stimulation (NMES). Depending on the modality, electrotherapy can aid in promoting healing, improving circulation, decreasing pain and decreasing swelling.
Taping techniques have been used in sports and rehabilitation for many years, and can serve a number of purposes. Taping can be used to help prevent injuries, to protect injuries which have already occurred, for body awareness or postural purposes, or even for psychological assistance. Some conditions for which tape may be used include ankle sprains, plantar fasciitis, patellofemoral pain syndrome, iliotibial band friction syndrome, low back pain, rotator cuff injuries, cervicogenic headaches, and tennis or golfer’s elbow. While these are some commonly treated conditions, taping can also be used for lymphatic drainage, and in various neurological populations such as post-stroke.
Education is at the forefront of our practice at LifeSpring. Learning about your own body is the first and most important step in your rehabilitation process. If you come for physiotherapy, you can be sure that we will educate you on what to do, and what not to do, to achieve your goals. We love to answer questions and are open to teaching you whatever you want to know. No question is a stupid question.